Scott Watson

Composer & Educator

WELCOME to the website of veteran music educator and frequently commissioned/published composer, Dr. Scott Watson.

The Music of Scott Watson

on Alfred's Score & Sound YouTube Channel

Gift of Hope

NEW SPRING 2021! Gift of Hope (Alfred, Gr. 3.5) captures musically two aspects of hope. Opening dramatically, the piece soon settles into an upbeat, joyful main theme. Slower contrasting material follows, building from a tender, transparently scored opening to a climax full of resolve. The optimistic main theme returns, leading to a dramatic, heroic conclusion. View the Alfred Reading Session review!

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Stand Tall, Stand Strong

NEW SPRING 2021! Stand Tall, Stand Strong (Alfred, Gr. 1.5) by Scott Watson instills a musically resolute, optimistic statement appropriate for our time. No matter how soundly we are thrown down or how big the obstacles before us, we can rise again, press on, rebuild, and overcome. With grit and tenacity, we will emerge even stronger from the trials that beset us. A 2021 J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice.

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NEW SPRING 2021! Camelot refers to an idyllic time and place, lost to lore and legend, but which continues on in the hearts, minds, and stories of so many. The exciting Return to Camelot (Alfred, Gr. 2) ---with its driving tempo, insistent rhythms, modal harmonies, and glimpses of beauty---musically transports the listener back to King Arthur's chivalrous and magical Camelot! A 2021 J.W. Pepper Editor's Choice. View the Alfred Reading Session review!

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Social Distancing Blues

Available as FREE content in SmartMusic (visit smartmusic.com) for any band instrument or voice and piano. Performed here by the Dolcetto Trio (dolcettotrio.com).

Composer Name That Tune Challenge!

A silly, little game show where I attempt to guess my own compositions after hearing only 5 seconds of each. See how I did!

Follow composer, Scott Watson, in this virtual guest conducting video as you perform Escape from Thunder Mountain!

VIRTUAL GUEST CONDUCTOR!

I've created this resource for band directors and students performing my ESCAPE FROM THUNDER MOUNTAIN (concert band or flex band versions).

In the video I guest conduct (virtually) musicians through the composition. A Composer's Notes sheet can be downloaded (free) with my suggestions for practicing/rehearsing the piece.

Directors and their students can use these resources to prepare their students - in-person or virtually - to perform Escape from Thunder Mountain with input from me...the composer!

COMPOSER'S NOTES SHEET (free download) - click here!

  • This new product yields a musically viable/attractive outcome with virtually ANY combination of 4 instruments

  • Includes play-along PERCUSSION TRACK for each selection!

  • PERFECT for face-to-face, remote/online, and hybrid teaching scenarios.

By Scott Watson: Escape from Thunder Mountain (Gr. 1.5) and Rock Solid (Gr. 2)

Coming SOON, Fall 2021, for Winter/Holiday concerts:

At the Feast of Stephen (featuring "Good King Wenceslas") FLEX!

A NEW collection of flexible instrumentation and instrument-specific solos, with piano accompaniment, written by some of your favorite composers in the band world. Available in SmartMusic and at Totalsheetmusic.com. Each solo comes with SI Soloist Exercises which help prepare the player, and Sound Advice program notes and rehearsal tips.

by Scott Watson:

Monarch (Solo Flute and Piano, Grade 3).

Mustang Spirit (any Band Instrument and Piano, Grade 2)

Sur la Glace (Solo Oboe and Piano, Grade 2)

BRIEF BIO: Dr. Scott Watson has taught instrumental and elective music in the Parkland School District (Allentown, PA) for more than 30 years and serves as adjunct professor for a number of universities in the region (Cairn University, University of the Arts , Moravian University, Central Connecticut State University's Summer Music Institute, University of Valley Forge). Watson was recognized by the Parkland School District in 2015 with a Parkland Pride Award for outstanding achievement, and was awarded the 2020 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Citation of Excellence in Teaching Award.

He is a frequently commissioned composer with more than 100 published pieces for band, strings and chamber instruments at all levels. His music has received recognition from the American Composer's Forum, American Music Center, Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia (among others), and been performed around the world at such prestigious venues as the Academy of Music (Philadelphia), the Midwest Clinic (Chicago) and the White House (Washington, D.C.). Watson is an exclusive composer for Alfred Publications, a contributor to the Sound Innovations concert band series, and an Alfred Clinician.

Watson has presented numerous workshops/clinics for music educators around the U.S. and in Australia and Canada and frequently serves as guest conductor for honor and festival bands. He is the author of the highly regarded music education text, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (©2011, Oxford University Press).

CONTACT SCOTT WATSON: drscottwatson@gmail.com

www.youtube.com/c/ScottWatsonMusic